Upcoming Event in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2013, the Research Room of the Jimmy Carter Library will be closed.  The Museum will be open for normal business hours. If you are in the Atlanta area, we invite you to pay us a visit and to check out the nearby Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, which will be hosting special events as part of “King Week” to commemorate the holiday. Please see the following News Release from the National Park Service for additional details.

ATLANTA, GA- The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site commemorates the 27th observance of the Federal Holiday that honors the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special panel discussion titled,Children of the Movement: 50 years after the “I Have A Dream” Speech and March on Washington.
Join Elder Bernice King, Dr. Alveda King, Andre Williams, Andrea Young, Khobi Hall and others whose parents were leaders of the modern American Civil Rights Movement in a panel discussion. This special event will highlight the experiences as seen through the eyes of the children that were either actively involved or witnessed the Movement firsthand thus becoming first generation benefactors of their parent’s tireless work within the Civil Rights struggle.

The panel moderator is Dr.Vicki Crawford, Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Collection at Morehouse College. The panel discussion will take place at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Heritage Sanctuary, 407 Auburn Avenue on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00am.

“Visitation to the National Historic Site reaches its peak during King Week (January 11-21, 2013) and this year the park has created a dynamic, powerful, and relevant program for our visitors,” stated Judy Forte, Park Superintendent. This program is part of a year-long series of events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of
Dr. King’s, “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington.

On Monday, January 21, 2013, the park will have an open house of Dr. King’s Birth Home with extended visitation hours until 6:00 pm. Both events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information on this and upcoming events at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, visit www.nps.gov/malu or call (404) 331–5190.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” For those participating in a MLK Day of Service event or simply taking time out of the day to give back to your community, what are you doing to commemorate the holiday? We’d love to know!

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